Man being booked into jail fights, bites detention officers

Man being booked into jail fights, bites detention officers
Austin Armstrong (Source: Craighead County Sheriff's Department)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Jonesboro police say a man arrested for public intoxication, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest bit a detention officer when he was being booked into jail.

Austin Armstrong now faces felony battery charges for fighting with detention officers in the sally port of the Craighead County Detention Center.

A probable cause affidavit says dispatch alerted detention officers that Armstrong was combative, so they assisted Jonesboro officers when they arrived at the jail.

Detention officers had to physically remove Armstrong from the JPD patrol car. Court documents state Armstrong resisted police in the sally port and inside the jail.

Officers were "forced to use physical force and tasers to try and gain control of Armstrong," a probable cause statement reads.

Armstrong allegedly tried to punch officers, briefly gained control of a taser, and bit a detention officer on the arm.

"Armstrong told staff he had HIV, which he later recanted," court documents state.

Armstrong appeared before Craighead County District Court Judge Tommy Fowler on Monday for his initial charges. Tuesday, he appeared before Judge Fowler again.

Armstrong told Judge Fowler he had a drinking problem and had been in Celebrate Recover in Tennessee. Armstrong said a relapse resulted in his public intoxication charge and subsequent actions.

His bond was set at $7,500. He is due back in court on May 30.

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